Leczna - Wlodawa - Sobibor

July 4, 2017

Travel to the northeast borders of the region following the Jewish history of the area, see the 17th c. synagogue building in Leczna, visit the former shtetl with an impressive synagogue complex in Wlodawa, and walk down the path of memory in the former death camp of Sobibor.

This tour is part of Lubliner Reunion 2017, which is organized by the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre. Click here for more details of the event.


​9.00 Meeting on the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) near the high stairs (for guests who are staying in the Old Town)

9.15 Meeting in the Ilan Hotel parking lot (for guests who are staying in the Ilan Hotel)

Please be punctual as the bus will not be able to wait.


The history of Leczna dates back to the 15th century. After the Polish-Lithuanian Union was signed in 1569, the economy development in the area started, as the town was granted a privilege to hold fairs twice a year and a market each week. Thus, it became an attractive place to settle down, also for the Jewish people. As the Jewish community grew, Leczna was one of the seats of the Council of the Four Lands (Va'ad Arba' Aratzot). Before WWII, more than 2000 Jews lived in Leczna, constituting around 50% of the town's population. Soon after the outbreak of the war,  in January 1940, the Germans established a ghetto in the town. The majority of Leczna Jewry was murdered in the death camp of Sobibor.
Visit: the Great Synagogue, the Small Synagogue, the area of the former Jewish district


The oldest mentions of Jews in Wlodawa dates back to the first half of the 16th c. In 1764, the Jewish community inaugurated the new synagogue, a great Baroque style temple that still stands and is currently used for hosting exhibitions on Wlodawa Jews. By 1942, the population of town was over 70% Jewish, reaching over 5,600 people. During World War II, the Germans established a ghetto in the town, and Jews from the area were moved in, later to be joined by almost 2000 Jews from Vienna, Cracow and Mielec. The majority of Wlodawa Jewry was murdered in the death camp of Sobibor.

Visit: the synagogue's complex: the Great Synagogue, the Small Synagogue and the Beth Ha-Midrash.

Museum of the Former Death Camp in Sobibor

The death camp, located in the woods near the village of Sobibor, operated between April 1942 and October 1943. It was the second death camp after Belzec to be established within the framework of Action Reinhardt. On October 14, 1943 an armed revolt broke out in the camp, resulting in mass escape of prisoners and a German decision to liquidate and close the camp. In 1993 the Museum of the Former Death Camp in Sobibor was established, and since 2012 it operates as a branch of the State Museum at Majdanek.

Visit: the site of the former death camp located around 100 km northeast from Lublin

19.00 Return to Lublin, the end the tour

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Click here if you haven't register or book a hotel for Lubliner Reunion 2017 yet! 

registration deadline: April 30, 2017

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  • Price includes transportation and guiding service

  • The whole program in conducted in English

  • If you already signed up for a tour via questionnaire on the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre's website, you don't need to fill the above form. 


Please note: the price does not include travel insurance.

In case none of the sites listed on the upcoming Lubliner Reunion 2017 tour list are of specific importance to you, or you wish to have an individual roots tour in the region of Lublin made for you, please contact us in advance.


We will be happy to prepare a special itinerary for you. You can check the list of towns and shtetls in Lublin Region here.

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